Have you wondered how you can help your adult child purchase his or her first home? Well, here are 4 ways you can help them:
- Gift them a portion of their down payment
- Co-sign as a non-occupant
- Give them a gift of equity
- Guide them on establishing good credit
Gift a portion of their down payment – You can gift your children a portion or all of their down payment. However, please note, gift tax may be applicable after certain amount (consult your CPA for more information). Also, consult with your loan officer on the guidelines for gift funds to learn up to how much money you are able to gift. It is also a good idea to have “seasoned” funds. This means the money has been in the bank account for a couple of months already when the loan officer runs the credit report.
Co-sign as a non-occupant – If you trust your children enough to have your name on the loan, 🙂 this is another option. The lender will use your credit score and debt to income ratio along with your child’s for the loan qualification. When you co-sign as a non-occupant, you are signing off on the mortgage loan and taking responsibility if your child defaults.
Give them a gift of equity – Equity is the difference between the value of your home and how much you owe on your mortgage loan. If you were to choose to sell your home to your child for less than what it is worth, the difference would serve as part of or their down payment (depending on the amount). This would mainly benefit your child, but it could save you some time and money if you were already thinking of putting your home on the market and you will be helping your child.
Guide them on establishing good credit – From a young age, teach them the importance of staying out of debt but at the same time, help them establish their credit. Guide them into opening a bank account and applying for a secured credit card. Teach them to stay organized and pay their bills and student loans on time. You can also let your child become an authorized user on your credit card so your good credit can benefit him or her. Depending on how responsible your child is, he or she might want to apply for a student credit card; but remind them to always pay on time, pay off the balance, and keep the utilization ratio under 30%. Their cell phone and utility bills may also help in establishing credit.
These are just a few ways you can help your children purchase their first home. Their credit, income, and debt will still be taken into account when a lender is considering giving them a loan, but your support could make a difference in getting them approved for a better type of loan or interest rate.
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